Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Thom Morris on 07738 860726.

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Mayor (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421
07850 907407
Ella Watkins Includes:education, early years, schools, planning and access, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 416282
07738 755491
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776 or         07789 750619


Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, Gateways. Also includes: policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416071
07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health 03000 416699
07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions, the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes. 03000 416907
07738 860726


Kent continues to support the military

Kent’s support for the military has been reinforced at a conference, whose aims included ensuring that those who have served in the armed forces and their families are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. The annual conference was organised by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board,…

Kent libraries get funding for ‘digital playgrounds’

Kent’s libraries have secured funding of more than £104,000 from Arts Council England to create technological and innovative spaces for children living in disadvantaged areas. The ‘Digital Playground’ initiative was presented to Arts Council England by KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service as a way to help children to explore…

NHS and social care leaders make ‘case for change’ in Kent and Medway

Leaders from the NHS in Kent and Medway, along with Kent County Council and Medway Council, have today published a compelling ‘case for change’ which sets out why services need to change to meet the needs of local people. The case for change shows that every day 1,000 people (about…

New Maidstone gyratory system officially opened

The new Maidstone gyratory system has officially been opened today (Thursday). Two trees were planted by the steps leading up the crossing on Bishops Way. Attending were KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour and the Mayor of Maidstone Derek Butler. Mr Balfour said: “We have brought together…

Challenger Troop benefits from chairman’s charity

Challenger Troop, an award-winning organisation which assists young people across the county, has benefited from a £1,500 donation from KCC Chairman Tom Gates’ charity fund-raising activities over the past year. The charity delivers engagement and leadership programmes to 7-18-year-olds through military ethos programmes, which offer experiences and opportunities for personal…

KCC working with DfT to clamp down on illegal lorry parking

As the gateway to Europe, Kent suffers considerably from the impact of lorry drivers parking in unsuitable locations. Kent County Council wants to encourage lorries to park in official parks and has been working with the Department of Transport (DfT) to explore what can be done to stop the blight…

Kent Invicta Award for auctioneer Clive

Auctioneer Clive Emson has received the prestigious Kent Invicta Award from the county council for his work supporting various charities and promoting businesses in Kent. He was presented with the award by KCC Chairman Tom Gates at the full council meeting, following a nomination from leader Paul Carter supported by…

Exciting new volunteer role helping your community

After a successful trial, Kent’s Volunteer Support Warden scheme is expanding across other parts of the county. A pilot project was carried out in several areas, including Tenterden, Great Chart and Singleton, Bridge and Lower Halstow and, as a result, a further 23 towns and parishes have now been identified…

Tackling skills shortages in Kent

Kent County Council is endeavouring to help tackle the shortage of particular skills in Kent business by bringing together eight employer guilds to encourage young people to work in these industries. Employers met with training colleges and schools on Tuesday 21 March to highlight the issues at a conference which…

KCC welcomes extra funding for social care services

An extra £26 million has been given to Kent County Council’s social care services in the Chancellor’s spring budget. The government announced a £2 billion cash injection for care over the next three years – of which Kent County Council will get an additional £26 million in 2017/18. Kent County…